IF I WERE IN THEIR SHOES……

I never imagined I will be coming up with this series this early into this administration.

I adopted this a lot during the administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan because I believed he had a bad media team, but if I was of the conviction that Goodluck Jonathan had bad hands, the present administration lacks hands as they are not just it.

Yesterday was to expose the lack of much needed depth on and for their job, today’s posts is in furtherance of that.

They made a mess of the Lawal Daura’s issue and this is to bring to fore the same mess they did with the appointment of Amina Zakari as the Acting Chairman of INEC.

To be a Spokesman to any public officer or institution, it goes beyond being able to string words or sentences, condensation of words or functions of grammar, you need to be smart, bold, resourceful and engage in vast research.

One needs to be ingenious and insightful with any position or defence you come up with.

I won’t bore you with needless verbose, I shall go straight to the matter at hand by coming up with a position if I were in their shoes.

Dear Compatriot,

On the mandate of Mr. President, I’m here to clear the air on the recent appointment of Hajia Amina Zakari as the Acting Chair of INEC on the allegations and speculation that she is a relative to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Many, especially the main opposition which is the PDP have cited some constitutional breach and also accuse Mr. President of nepotism.

Why I’m of the opinion that such anxiety and agitation is needless, hasty and lacks depth, I will take my time to explain what formed the action of Mr. President.

While bowing out of office as chairman of INEC on June 30 2015, Prof. Attahiru Jega handed over the leadership of the electoral body to Ambassador (Dr.) Mohammed Ahmad Wali who is a national commissioner of the commission from Sokoto State.

This was done in line with the norm that never shall there be vacuum in governance, but Ambassador (Dr.) Mohammed Ahmad Wali is also expected to retire from the commission on August 11, 2015.

It was in light of this that Mr. President ratified the appointment of Hajia Amina Zakari as disclosed in a statement signed by Haruna Imrana, the director of communications for the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

It was just the most rationale thing to do as sticking with Ambassador (Dr.) Mohammed Ahmad Wali as a choice would have brought about change of leadership some 60 days after his appointment and since Mr. President is yet to make a choice for the office, constant change in the leadership of the electoral body will cast a huge doubt of its seriousness, integrity and that of the presidency as well.

To those quick to level accusation of nepotism and promotion of ethnic tribalism, a total of 9 national commissioners who should naturally succeed Prof Attahiru Jega in an acting capacity are retiring from the commission on August 11 2015.

The commissioners are 1. Col. M.K. Hammanga (rtd), Adamawa State (North-East); 2. Dr. Ishmael Jikiri Igbani, Rivers State (South-South); 3. Prof. Lai Olurode, Osun State (South-West); 4. Dame Gladys Nne Nwafor, Abia State (South-East); 5. Mrs. Thelma Amata Iremiren, Delta State (South-South); 6. Mr. Dr. Nuru A. Yakubu, Yobe State (North-East); 7. Dr. Abdulkadir S. Oniyangi, Kwara State (North-Central); whose tenure will expire on July 21, 2015; 8. Dr. Chris O. Iyimoga, Nasarawa State (North-Central); and 9. Ambassador (Dr.) Mohammed Ahmad Wali, Sokoto State (North-West).

To the PDP, Mr. President and APC as a party appreciate its effort in living up to the reputation of a virile opposition and deepening our democratic values and culture, but in a bid to achieve that, the party(the PDP) should come up with issues which are not only topical but intellectually stimulating and not come up with positions which defies basic intelligence and reeks of desperation and narcissism.

I have the mandate of Mr. President to assure Nigerians that when he,(Mr. President) appoints a substantive Chairman for INEC, he or she will be one person whose neutrality can and will never be in doubt.

God Bless Nigeria”..

But this never came from any of the media aides of Mr. President or Lai Muhammed who is the Publicity Secretary of the APC, rather they went hurling acerbic at the PDP and Oliseh Metuh without addressing the issue raised.

This is what I’d come up with if I were in their shoes.

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